Dark Water is the new project from Brandon Bush, Kristian Bush and Benji Shanks. Photo: Ben Rollins

Kristian and Brandon Bush unveil new project, Dark Water

Among his work as half of Sugarland, a solo artist and producer, Kristian Bush has a new project.

Bush, along with keyboardist brother Brandon Bush and guitarist Benji Shanks (Blackberry Smoke), are Dark Water, a trio drawing from the sounds of the Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band to create their own identity.

The toe-tapping first song from their self-titled album is “Paint it Blue” (watch the video below); the album will arrive Nov. 15. 

Kristian Bush recently talked to Billboard about the evolution of the song.

The band originated out of a jam session in Atlanta, with Shanks and Brandon handling the music and Kristian writing poetry to craft the lyrics. Their name is inspired by an NPR report about magnetically charged water beneath the South Pole. The scientific theory is that “deep water” – as scientists call it – absorbs energy and contains it forever. 

"If you were to make a comic book out of the Dark Water story, it's like we found them somewhere in a chest and were magically able to play them. And now they're here,” Kristian Bush said.

The AJC is profiling Brandon Bush for a Sunday Living & Arts piece on Dec. 15 in which he discusses more about Dark Water. 

For more information on the band, check out www.darkwatermusic.com. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.